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Artist raising money to help West River ranchers

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Ray Kelly doesn't want us to forget what happened. 

"It's going to depict the early part of the storm, which was the rain that chilled the cattle down," he says while drawing.

After the rain, foot upon foot of snow buried much of South Dakota's cattle population.

"I was there just last week, and I saw them still laying in the valleys where they were pushed into the dams. They haven't cleaned up a lot of stuff yet. They got them out of the rightaways and that's it," said Kelly.

A self-taught artist who works mostly in graphite and colored pencils, Kelly tells us he's drawing this particular piece, which he calls "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" to help the ranching community.
"(It's) the only way I could think of to help them with raising money to buy more cattle to replace their herds. I'm from the middle of South Dakota, out West River," said Kelly.

After the piece is completed, Kelly will have 300 limited edition prints available for $50 which will go to the Rancher Relief Fund. 

"But, this way they'll have something in return for their investment," he said. 

An investment Kelly says impacts us all, considering how important the ag industry is to South Dakota.

"It gives you something to look at and remember that you helped somebody." 

If you're interested in purchasing a print, go to In a few weeks Kelly is also planning on selling the prints at area livestock sale barns.


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